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LECOM Dental School Opens in July in Lakewood Ranch 

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Dental Medicine is starting to take shape. This July, it will join Nova Southeastern University and the University of Florida as one of three dental schools in Florida. Dean Robert F. Hirsch said the first round of acceptance letters has been sent out to some of the 100 first-year students. Other applications are being processed.

Within four years, LECOM’s dental school is expected to have about 400 students. In addition to the economic gain, the new school will help provide dental treatment for low-income and uninsured families. Giving back to the community is a key trait Dr. Hirsch looks for in dental school candidates. He stresses the need to give to underprivileged areas. “Our fourth-year students will be involved in outreach in underserved areas,” says Dr. Hirsch. The school will include a 115-seat patient clinic, which will run like a regular dental office.

LECOM expects to be available for public treatment starting in 2013. The school has a learning resource center and two lecture halls, along with the latest technology in each classroom. For the new dean, the imminent opening is nothing short of exciting. “It’s not that often you get a chance to start something like this,” says Dr. Hirsch.

The University of New England College of Dental Medicine to Open in July 

The University of New England (UNE) envisioned a need for a College of Dental Medicine to serve the northern New England region. While fundraising is still ongoing, the College of Dental Medicine is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.

Dean James J. Koelbl said the school will begin accepting applications for its first cohort of students in June 2012 in anticipation of the 2013 opening. UNE is one of only five private universities with a comprehensive health education mission that includes medical, pharmaceutical, and allied health programs—and in a few months, dental.

OHSU Collaborative Sciences Building Will Make a Big Impact 

Just before Christmas the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and its partners submitted the latest construction drawings for the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building.

OHSU, with Portland State University and Oregon State University, broke ground on the project on October 13, 2011. The building will provide instructional and research space and will serve as the future home of OHSU’s dental program. The building will open in fall 2013 and the future dental school plans to open in winter 2014.

When complete, the Collaborative Life Sciences Building will help increase the number of doctors, dentists, and pharmacists trained in Oregon and will expand Portland State University’s ability to offer undergraduate biology and physics courses.

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